The Executive Committee of the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group (BEHSR) of IADR announces the Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Sciences. This award recognizes a single research paper published, or accepted for publication, between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, in the field of dental public health; both applied and basic research papers are eligible.

The Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Sciences is intended to recognize excellence in dental public health research. This field includes research in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, community-based prevention or health promotion, environmental health, health economics or health policy as applied to dentistry. The senior author is the recipient of the plaque and check, but all of the authors are recognized. b Professor Aubrey Sheiham is Emeritus Professor of Dental Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, London, United Kingdom. His work is characterized by a public health imperative and recognition that most chronic diseases have risk factors in common and that health behaviors related to those risks factors are socially determined and unequally distributed within and between countries. To actively reduce health and oral health inequalities, Aubrey has challenged upstream forces of chronic diseases, the sugars and food and drink industries. His over 400 publications are frequently cited. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by University of Athens and University of Western Cape and IADR Distinguished Scientists Awards in Behavioral Sciences and Health and the American Association of Public Health Special Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry. 



The award committee will accept self-nominations or nominations by others until January 10, 2020. The paper should be accompanied by a brief letter describing why it is deemed worthy of an award. To be eligible, the paper should have been published in the prior calendar year (i.e., 2019) or to have final editorial acceptance during that year.  Each paper can be considered for the award only once. Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published should be accompanied by a copy of the acceptance letter from the journal editor; evidence of publication (e.g., PDF) should be submitted for already-published works. 

Nominations will be acknowledged by email or in writing. Preferably, one of the primary authors for the manuscript selected for the award, will be present to accept the award, or someone on their behalf is expected to attend the award ceremony at the IADR General Session. The senior author will receive a cash award of $350, but all of the authors will be recognized.

The senior author of the award will serve as one of the five judges for the two years following receipt of the award, and will not be permitted to compete for the award during that two-year period.



The senior author will receive a cash award of $350, but all of the authors will be recognized.


Award deadline: January 10, 2020.

Please submit nominations using this Form.
Contact Dr. Daniel W. McNeil, BEHSR President, with inquiries or if you encounter difficulty submitting your nomination. E-mail: dmcneil@wvu.edu



Supported by the BEHSR Group.
Contributions toward the establishment of a fund in Dr. Sheiham's honor, dedicated to the support of this annual award, are most welcome.


Past Recipients:

2019 Recipient
Celeste RK, Fritzell J. "Do socioeconomic inequalities in pain, psychological distress and oral health increase or decrease over the life course? Evidence from Sweden over 43 years of follow-up." J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018 Feb;72(2):160-167.

2018 Recipient
Rainer A. Jordan, A. Schulte, A. C. Bockelbrink, S. Puetz, E. Naumova, L. G. Wärn, S. Zimmer. “Caries-Preventive Effect of Salt Flouridation in Preschool Children in the Gambia: A Prospective, Controlled, Interventional Study.” (2017). Caries Research, 51: 596-604.

2017 Recipient
Martin Tickle, C. O’Neill, M. Donaldson, S. Birch, S. Noble, S. Killough, L. Murphy, M. Greer, J. Brodison, R. Verghis, H.V. Worthington. “A randomized controlled trial to measure the effects and costs of a dental caries prevention regime for young children attending primary care dental services: the Northern Ireland Caries Prevention in Practice (NIC-PIP) trial.” (2016 Sep) Health Technol Assess, 20(71): 1-96.

2016 Recipient
Astha Singal, D. Caplan, M. Jones, E. Momany, R. Kuthy, C. Buresh, R. Isman, & P. Damiano. “Eliminating Medicaid adult dental coverage in California led to increased dental emergency visits and associated costs.” (2015). Health Affairs, 34, 749–756.

2015 Recipient
Edwardo Bernabe and Aubrey Sheiham. Age, Period and Cohort Trends in Caries of Permanent Teeth in Four Developed Countries.

2014 Recipient
Sanders A, Slade G. State cigarette excise tax, secondhand smoke exposure, and periodontitis in US nonsmokers. Am J Public Health. 2013;103:740-746.

2013 Recipient
Shanbhag S, Dahiya M, Croucher R. The impact of periodontal therapy on oral health-related quality of life in adults: a systematic review. J Clin Periodontol 2012; 39: 725–735.

2012 Recipient:
Milson KM, Blinkhorn AS, Walsh T, Worthington HV, Kearney-Mitchell P, Whitehead H, Tickle M. A cluster-randomized controlled trial: fluoride varnish in school children. J Dent Res. 2011 Nov;90(1):1306-11.

2011 Recipient:
Sanders AE, Slade GD, John MT, Steele JG, Suominen-Taipale AL, Lahti S, Nuttall NM, Allen PF for the paper, A cross-national comparison of income gradients in oral health quality of life in four welfare states: application of the Korpi and Palme typology. J Epidemiol Community Health. July 2009; 63(7): 569-74. Epub April 6 2009. PubMed PMID: 19351621.

2010 Recipient:
Peter Milgrom, DDS; Kiet A. Ly, MD, MPH; Ohnmar K. Tut, BDS; Lloyd Mancl, PhD; Marilyn C. Roberts, PhD; Kennar Briand, MBBS; and Mary Jane Gancio for the paper, Xylitol Pediatric Topical Oral Syrup to Prevent Dental Caries: A Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial of Efficacy. ARCH PEDIATR ADOLESC MED/VOL 163 (NO. 7), JULY 2009.

2009 Recipient:
Anne E. Sanders, Sungwoo Lim and Woosung Sohn for the paper, Resilience to Urban Poverty: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations for Population Health. American Journal of Public Health, June 2008; 98(6): 1101-1106.